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Spring 2015

Volume XXVII.1

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In Memoriam

Walter Liedtke

For notices and to share your memories, please visit our In Memoriam page, where you can leave comments.

Registration Desk at RSA 2015 Berlin

Location: Hauptgebäude, Unter den Linden 6, Audimax Coat Room

Badges and program books may be picked up during the following times:

Wednesday, 25 March: 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, 26 March: 7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Friday, 27 March: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, 28 March: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

RSA 2015 Berlin Conference Schedule

The conference program is available online. Please see the RSA Berlin webpage for more information.

Register now for Berlin

The 61st annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America will be held in Berlin, 26–28 March 2015. Over 3,000 participants are scheduled on the program of over 900 sessions. The conference will be held at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Because registration fees offset the year-round costs of producing the conference, registration payments are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

Make your hotel reservation now for Berlin.

There are still rooms available.

Book Exhibitors at RSA 2015 Berlin

Location: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Hauptgebäude, Unter den Linden 6, Senatssaal
Thursday, 26 March: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 27 March: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 28 March: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

We will be pleased to welcome the following exhibitors:
Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max-Planck-Institute for art history in Rome
Brepols and Harvey Publishers
Cambridge University Press
Cornell University Press
De Gruyter
Dietrich Reimer Verlag GmbH
Harvard University Press
Iberoamericana Librería y Editorial
IRSA Artibus et Historiae
Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz
Leo Cadogan
Leuven University Press
Librairie Droz
Oxford University Press
Princeton University Press
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
The Scholar’s Choice
The University of Chicago Press - Journals Division
Viella - libreria editrice

Renaissance Book Course at California Rare Book School

Craig Kallendorf, RSA Publications Chair, will be offering a course on The Renaissance Book, 1400–1650 at the California Rare Book School this summer. The course will run from 10–14 August 2015 at UCLA.

The course will serve as a comprehensive introduction to the history of the book in early modern Europe, from the beginning of the fifteenth century to the middle of the seventeenth. The holdings of the UCLA Research Library, with a focus on its Aldine collection, and the Huntington Library will be used to learn to “read” a Renaissance book, both as a physical object and as a carrier of cultural values. The course will examine in turn how these books were produced, how they were distributed, and how they were used by those who bought and read them. Topics include: the transition from manuscript to printed book, the mechanics of early printing, famous scholar-printers, editing and correcting, woodcuts and engravings, typeface and its meaning, the popular print, bindings, the Renaissance book trade, censorship, the formation of libraries both individual and institutional, marginalia as clues to reading practices and information management, and researching a Renaissance book using both print and online sources.

The course is intended for special collections librarians, collectors, booksellers, and scholars and graduate students in any field of Renaissance studies. Please see the California Rare Book School for admissions information. Some scholarship support is available. Contact Craig Kallendorf with any questions about the course.

Call for Proposals: The 62nd Annual Meeting of the RSA in Boston, MA, 31 March–2 April 2016

The Program Committee welcomes submissions for individual papers or panels (sessions) on any aspect of Renaissance studies, or the era ca. 1300–1700.

How to organize sessions: In the spring, members will be invited to post their own calls for papers on our website to aid in the organization of sessions. The official conference hashtag is #rsa16 if you wish to organize sessions using social media. You may also use the discipline group pages on this site to communicate with others in your discipline.

When to submit your proposal: The submission site is scheduled to open in May 2015.

Submission deadline: Early June 2015 (exact date TBA).

What’s in a proposal: Session title; session keywords; a-v requests; a chair; for each paper presenter you will submit a paper title; abstract (150-word maximum); keywords; and a 300-word maximum curriculum vitae. Individual paper proposals (papers submitted not as part of a session) submit a paper title; abstract (150-word maximum); keywords; and a 300-word maximum curriculum vitae.

Who may present at an RSA conference: RSA welcomes sessions that present the scholarship of members at various stages of their career. Each session must include at least one speaker who has already received the terminal degree in the field (in the majority of cases this is a PhD). Graduate students should be in candidacy and are invited to speak on topics directly related to a dissertation for which the major research has already been done. They should not present term papers or incipient dissertation research. Sessions composed entirely of predoctoral speakers, or sessions that include precandidates, will not be considered for inclusion in the program.

What is the typical session format: Most sessions are composed of three 20-minute papers. This leaves time in the 90-minute session for formal responses or for questions from the audience. Each session must have a chair who is not giving a paper in the session; a respondent is optional. Other formats, such as roundtable discussions, are allowed; they too must have a chair who stands outside the discussion and moderates it.

Submitting Proposals

Who may submit sessions or individual papers?

RSA Discipline Representatives may submit proposals for up to five sessions. Since they will have vetted the proposals for quality and coherence, these proposals are accepted without further review.
RSA Associated Organizations may also vet and submit proposals through their official representatives. Since these representatives will have vetted the proposals for quality and coherence, these proposals are also accepted without further review.
Individuals may also propose up to five sessions, which will be vetted by the Program Committee both for quality of papers and coherence of the session. They should simultaneously propose a chair who is not presenting in the session.
Individuals may submit proposals for independent papers; these will be vetted by the Program Committee and then formed into compatible sessions. An individual may submit exactly one paper for consideration and may present exactly one paper in a single session at any annual meeting. Individuals who submit more than one paper proposal will be asked to withdraw one of them before the submissions are reviewed by the Program Committee.

Support the POK Fund

The RSA received a matching grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to allow us to expand our Paul Oskar Kristeller research grants, and provide a permanent source of funding for them. RSA awards three Paul Oskar Kristeller grants annually. The Paul Oskar Kristeller fund will continue to grow with your help.

You can make a single donation, a recurring monthly donation at your choice, or a fixed sum split into monthly payments. These grants will be at the heart of our expanding program of research support.

Many thanks to all of you who have been so generous in your support of our grants program!

Donate to the Paul Oskar Kristeller fund.

Volunteer for RSA Service

The RSA Executive Board and Committee Chairs invite RSA members to nominate themselves for service on an RSA committee. A form is available on the RSA website. Self-nominations will be kept on file until a suitable opportunity becomes available. Thank you in advance for volunteering. The generous commitment of time by members allows RSA to award many annual grants and prizes.

Renaissance Quarterly Open Access

The Renaissance Society of America is pleased to announce, in partnership with the University of Chicago Press, an initiative to provide open access to one book review in each issue of Renaissance Quarterly. The chosen review will be freely available at the time of publication of each new issue and until the next issue appears. In expanding access, the RSA hopes to further the reach of Renaissance studies scholarship, a mission of the society.

The open-access review for issue 67.4 is Horst Bredekamp, Irene Brückle, and Paul Needham, eds. A Galileo Forgery: Unmasking the New York Sidereus Nuncius, reviewed by Nick Wilding.

Submit your News

Post your news, announcements, calls for papers, and others events on the RSA website.
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Submit a Teaching Resource

As part of the RSA’s mission to advance learning in Renaissance studies, the RSA has resolved to make available on its website links to resources for secondary school educators and students (grades 8–12). We are seeking your submissions of suitable online resources: they may be open-source texts, interactive maps, videos, primary sources, etc.

Please submit links to resources for grade 8–12 educators using this form. Please include as much detail as relevant to help provide a description for the resource.

If you wish to submit a online resource not specifically meant for secondary educators please use the online resource link form instead.

Book Discounts

Members are offered a discount on books from the University of Chicago Press, publisher of Renaissance Quarterly, and from Ashgate Press. Visit the Member Subscriptions page (sign in required) for more information and discount codes.

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Looking Ahead: The New RQ and Boston 2016

by Ann E. Moyer, Executive Director

We seem all of us to be getting ready for Berlin. Many of you are finishing your talks, or are waiting to collect copies of those talks from the colleagues whose session you are chairing. Our conference team, both in the RSA office and at the Humboldt, are working at top speed. It should be a wonderful experience, the largest conference ever in our field. Between now and the conference, be prepared for an inbox full of updates and information.

If we could just take a moment nonetheless to think a little bit further ahead: planning for Boston 2016 is, of course, already underway. Once the bags are unpacked from one conference, it seems, the calls for papers for the next will be in our inboxes. We have a new group of discipline representatives who will be organizing their first sets of sessions for our Boston meeting. Among the first things they will consult will be the list of members of their discipline groups. Will they find your name, and include you when they consider themes and topics? Your name will be on their list only if you have put it there.

Discipline groups are as old as RSA. When you first became a member, you were required to declare one discipline group as your primary home. If you’ve been a member for many years, you may well never have updated that first affiliation. In recent years the number of discipline groups has grown, reflecting our growing field. You may now join as many discipline groups as you wish. This too results from changes and growth in the field; many members identify closely with more than one group. To check on your affiliations, log in and go to My Profile, and click on Groups. On the Groups page you’ll see a list of our disciplines, and your main group is starred. To join a new group, just click on it to go to its page; on the group page you’ll see a little logo just under the group name that will let you join the group. Once you’ve joined a group, you can select it as your primary group if you’d like.

Members of discipline groups can contact other group members easily by email or message; set up blogs; and more. If you want to send a focused call for papers during the year, you can direct it to members of your group. Or you can just put out word of an informal happy hour for members of your group at your hotel’s bar in Berlin — or Boston.

There is yet another reason for you to keep an eye on your mailbox, literal or virtual as the case may be: Renaissance Quarterly. If you receive the hard copy, you will definitely have the best view. Many people worked very hard to redesign our flagship journal. We hope you will agree that it presents the best of modern publishing and classic design. Its slightly larger size is witness to the vibrancy of Renaissance studies across all our many disciplines. Many thanks to our editors and publishers, as well as to our members who continue to fill its pages with scholarship and reviews.

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RSA in Berlin

by Joel A. Klein, Columbia University and the Chemical Heritage Foundation

The 2015 Annual Meeting of the RSA will take place 26–28 March 2015 in Berlin, Germany’s capital and its largest city. Attendees will find a vibrant and diverse metropolis rich with art and artifacts, and an overwhelming abundance of cultural treasures. Here you will find suggestions of several of the cultural and research opportunities in and around Berlin that you may desire to add to your personal itinerary.

The location of the conference at the Humboldt University — near the site of the medieval town — provides outstanding access to Berlin’s most renowned museums and libraries. Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a short walk away and is the home of five of Berlin’s eminent State Museums. The recently rebuilt Neues Museum houses the iconic bust of Nefertiti and has significant collections from Ancient Egypt and prehistory, while the Altes Museum is dedicated to classical antiquities. The Bode Museum has an eclectic collection of sculptures, Byzantine art, and coins and medals, and the Alte Nationalgalerie is focused on Neoclassical and Romantic paintings. Perhaps the most striking, the Pergamon Museum houses the Market Gate of Miletus, the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, and the Pergamon Altar (although this last structure is closed to the public until 2020), all of which were disassembled at their place of origin and brought to Germany. Those seeking Renaissance art will want to go west (via the S-bahn or 200 bus) to the Kulturforum (near Potsdamer Platz), which counts among its treasures the Gemäldegalerie and the Kupferstichkabinett. The former museum holds one of the world’s most significant collections of paintings from the thirteenth to the eighteenth centuries, and the latter houses numerous prints and drawings from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance among its massive collections. Copies of the Van Eyck brothers’ Ghent Altarpiece will be on display at the Gemäldegalerie until 29 March, and this in addition to a special exhibition of twenty-three works by the elder and younger Lucas Cranach. Purchasing one of the several Museum Passes available will give access to all of the above collections, nearly fifty additional State Museums in Berlin, as well as discounted admission to certain special exhibitions.

Image of the The Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral) and river with boats

With over 200,000 rare books (including 4,442 incunabula) and over a hundred thousand manuscripts, scholars will find ample opportunity for research in the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (colloquially called the Stabi), one of Europe’s largest libraries. The reading room for rare books is located near the Humboldt University at Unter den Linden 8, and the larger general reading room is in the Kulturforum at Potsdamer Straße 33 (see the website for registration details). The Humboldt University Library has multiple branches with distinct foci throughout the city (the central branch is at Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 1/3), and somewhat further afield in the western suburbs (via the U3), the Library of the Free University of Berlin also has multiple branches, but scholars may be especially interested in the Philological Library (Habelschwerdter Allee 45). While all of these collections are available to professional researchers, it is advised that arrangements with individual libraries are made ahead of time.

Although many of Berlin’s historic buildings were destroyed in the Second World War — their rubble now composes several artificial mountains in and around Berlin (e.g. Teufelsberg) — there are several structures and ruins that may be of special interest to conference participants. Just south of Alexanderplatz lie the ruins of the Franciscan Monastery Church, built in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, as well as sections of the original city wall. Both the Marienkirche and the Nikolaikirche were originally constructed nearby in the thirteenth century, although both were extensively altered, damaged and reconstructed throughout their history. A trip from the city center will take you to the Spandau Citadel, a spectacularly-preserved sixteenth-century military structure, or the Jagdschloss Grunewald, Berlin’s oldest surviving palace (commissioned in 1542), which now houses a collection of paintings by Rubens and Cranach.

Berlin is home to more than four hundred art galleries, three opera houses, and multiple world-class orchestras. Throughout the city there are a variety of notable gardens and parks, as well as memorials that observe both Berlin’s and Germany’s complex history. Bibliophiles may be especially moved by the memorial at Bebelplatz, which remembers an infamous book-burning ceremony in 1933.

All of these locations are readily accessible via Berlin’s extensive BVG network of U-Bahn, S-Bahn, trams, and buses. Purchase of one of Berlin’s WelcomeCards will provide access to public transport for between two and five days. Potsdam and its numerous palaces can be reached with a short S-bahn trip (S7), and there are a variety of regional and high-speed rail services provided by Deutsche Bahn for those who desire to take a daytrip outside of the city. Destinations of particular interest may include Luther’s Wittenberg, the magnificent collections of the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, or the cultural riches amassed by the Saxon electors in Dresden.

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Plenaries, Awards, and Special Events for RSA 2015 Berlin

Wednesday, 25 March
7:00–9:00 p.m.
Opening Reception
Location: Bode Museum

Due to space limitations in the Bode Museum, admission to the Opening Reception will be limited to those registered for the conference and bearing a name badge and Opening Reception ticket. Registered attendees may pick up their name badge and ticket at registration, located in the Hauptgebäude Audimax Cloak Room at Humboldt University on Wednesday, 25 March from 3:00–7:00 p.m. Name badges, tickets, and on-site registration will not be available at the Bode Museum. Guest admission tickets will not be sold this year for the Opening Reception.

Thursday, 26 March
6:30–8:00 p.m.
Plenary Session: Rethinking Renaissance Humanism in Germany and Italy
Location: Humboldt University, Dorotheenstr. 24/1, 1.101
Chair: Johannes Helmrath, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Jan-Dirk Müller, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich (emeritus)
Latin and Vernacular Renaissance Literature in Germany

James Hankins, Harvard University
Neglected Sources and Themes in Humanist Political Thought

Friday, 27 March
6:30–7:00 p.m.
RSA Annual Membership Meeting
Location: Humboldt University, Hauptgebäude, Unter den Linden 6, Audimax
All RSA members are invited
Friday, 27 March
7:00–8:00 p.m.
Margaret Mann Phillips Lecture
Sponsor: Erasmus of Rotterdam Society
Organizer: Eric Macphail, Indiana University
Location: Humboldt University, Hauptgebäude, Unter den Linden 6, Audimax

Anthony Grafton, Princeton University
Renaissance Humanism and Christian Antiquity: Philology, Fantasy, and Collaboration

Saturday, 28 March
5:30–6:00 p.m.
Awards Ceremony
Location: Humboldt University, Hauptgebäude, Unter den Linden 6, Audimax

Paul Oskar Kristeller Lifetime Achievement Award
Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Book Prize
Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Book Prize
William Nelson Prize
RSA-TCP Article Prize in Digital Renaissance Research

Saturday, 28 March
6:00–7:00 p.m.
Josephine Waters Bennett Lecture
Sponsor: Renaissance Society of America
Location: Humboldt University, Hauptgebaude, Unter den Linden 6, Audimax

Horst Bredekamp, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Berlin, the Second Florence: Fragments of a Broken Mirror

Saturday, 28 March
8:00–10:00 p.m.
Closing Reception
Sponsor: The Renaissance Society of America
Location: Gemäldegalerie

Bus transportation will be provided to the Gemäldegalerie from the Bennett lecture.

Admission to the Closing Reception will be limited to those registered for the conference and bearing a name badge only due to space limitations in the Gemäldegalerie.

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Some Guidelines for Speakers, Chairs, and Respondents at the RSA Annual Meeting

For complete guidelines please see the website.

As you prepare for your session in Berlin, it might be helpful to keep in mind some standards of good academic etiquette as well as the practices of this particular conference.

For Speakers:

Commitment to attend; no third-party readers. Should illness or other emergency leave you unable to attend the meeting, please notify both the RSA office and your session chair. Please do not ask a session chair or other substitute to read your paper for you. RSA conference policies do not allow that. A third party cannot answer questions or contribute to the discussion in your stead. If you must cancel, the presentation of your paper is canceled as well. Scholars who fail to appear at their session without giving notice may expect not to be included as participants in annual meetings for several years in the future.

Adherence to time limits. Please be mindful of the time constraints and the fair allocation of time to all as you plan your talk and your session. Most sessions have three 20-minute papers. Presentation time per session should total one hour to allow for discussion. You may expect your chair to give you notice as you approach your time limit in presenting your paper, or to ask you to wrap up quickly if you have exceeded it. All presenters need equal time; sessions need time for discussion; and the room needs to be readied for the next session in a timely manner.

Advance copy of your paper for chair and/or respondent. Please send a copy of your paper to your chair well in advance, even if there is no respondent or commentator. Your chair needs to know about the length of your presentation; more importantly, they need to put some questions together to ensure a good discussion. If there is a respondent, it is doubly important that they receive a copy in time to compose thoughtful comments. Please do not send them a longer copy and then cut it down at the last minute; too many respondents have labored over their remarks only to discover as the paper is delivered that the section on which they focused has inexplicably failed to appear in the presentation.

For Chairs:

At the session:
Be sure all speakers are in agreement about the order in which they speak, how you plan to introduce them, and whether the discussion of all papers will occur after all presentations (as is more common), or whether you will take questions at the end of each paper separately.

Have a plan in place for keeping speakers to time limits, and inform your speakers about it before the session begins. If you must enforce it, you will want to be both professional and firm.

Moderate the discussion and question-and-answer session.

After the session:
Please report to us via email any problems or difficulties, including (but not restricted to) malfunctioning equipment, overcrowded (or cavernous) rooms, and above all the failure of a participant to appear. We would like to know approximately how many attended your session; this request is simply to help us assign rooms more accurately in future years.

For Respondents and Commentators:

Your session organizer or chair should be ensuring that both you and the presenters are clear about when you want to see copies of their papers. But you should certainly feel free to contact them all yourself if need be. Be sure you know how much time is to be allotted to your remarks, so that you can keep to that limit.

We look forward to seeing you in Berlin!

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Berlin Tours

The following tours may be of interest to RSA members. None of the tours are RSA-sponsored. Please contact the tour operator directly with any questions.

General sightseeing: BBS Sightseeing

Special themed tours: VideoBustour

Museum tours: Museum Pass Berlin

Sanssouci-Potsdam: BEX Sightseeing Berlin

Culinary Tours: Berlinagenten

Martin Luther sites

Explore different neighborhoods / Going Local

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New Associate Organizations

Hill Museum & Manuscript Library

by Daniel K. Gullo

The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) advances manuscript research and scholarly inquiry by digitally preserving, providing access to, and interpreting manuscript collections from around the world. HMML places a special priority on manuscripts from regions endangered by war, political instability, or other threats. Since 1965 it has photographically preserved more than 140,000 manuscripts dating from the ancient, medieval, and early modern eras, totaling some 50,000,000 handwritten pages. HMML’s western European collections are well known, and are particularly strong in Austria, Germany, Malta, Spain, Portugal, England, and Italy. Manuscripts belonging to the ancient communities and traditions of the Middle East, Ethiopia, Mali and India, where HMML is actively engaged in fieldwork, comprise perhaps the richest, most diverse and least studied sources for historical study and cultural understanding. Digital versions of manuscripts from HMML’s collections provide scholars their most direct, and in many cases, their only access to these manuscripts. All of HMML’s holdings are available for scholarly research free of charge at HMML. HMML maintains OLIVER — a web-accessible electronic catalog of its holdings and also makes available sample images from each manuscript through Vivarium — HMML’s web based image database. HMML hosts scholars from around the world who spend a day, a week, or months examining the collections. HMML’s endowed fellowship programs make it possible for young and senior scholars to incorporate manuscript resources into their work. For more information, visit the website.

For more information on recent awards and grants HMML has received, please see the news page.

University of North Texas Medieval and Renaissance Colloquium

by Kevin Curran

Formed in 2009, the University of North Texas Medieval and Renaissance Colloquium is an interdisciplinary research group comprised of faculty members and graduate students from a number of academic departments, including English, History, Music History, History of Art, Modern Languages, and Philosophy. The MRC hosts two featured lectures per year, delivered by major scholars in medieval or Renaissance studies. The MRC also hosts a number of smaller events every year, including research talks, roundtable discussions on theory and methodology, and workshops on scholarly and professional matters. The mission of the MRC is to provide an intellectual space for collaboration and critique while also offering graduate students opportunities for professionalization. Unique among research groups in the region for its range of activities, the UNT MRC is a hub for medieval and Renaissance scholarship in Texas.

Neapolitan Network

The Neapolitan Network exists to encourage, support, and foster research on Naples, especially that with an interdisciplinary, cross-period approach; to draw together Neapolitanists from all over the world, for whom no institutional focus yet exists, in order to facilitate lively intellectual and interdisciplinary interaction; and to provide a readily accessible forum for the circulation of information about Neapolitanists’ research, publications, conferences, and to facilitate regular gatherings of scholars at all levels with research interests in Neapolitan culture and history.

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Associate Organization News

The Association for Textual Scholarship in Art History

ATSAH announces the publication of two books. Agnolo Bronzino: The Muse of Florence, edited by Liana De Girolami Cheney (Washington, DC: New Academia, 2014), is dedicated to Professor Craig Hugh Smyth’s scholarship on Bronzino with essays from RSA members, including: Lynette M.F. Bosch, “Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy in Agnolo Bronzino’s Paintings for Bartolomeo and Lucrezia Panciatichi”; Elena Aloia, “Culture, Faith, and Love: Bartolomeo Panciatichi”; Lynette M.F. Bosch, “‘A Room With Many Views’: Eleonora de Toledo’s Chapel by Agnolo Bronzino in The Palazzo Vecchio”; Massimiliano Rossi, “‘The Bystander’ in the Chapel of Eleonora: A Lucretian Image in Bronzino’s Work”; Michael J. Giordano, “Bronzino’s Art of Emblazoning: The Young Man with a Book, Lucrezia Panciatichi, Saint Bartholomew, and Laura Battiferri”; Donna A. Bilak, “Decoding Bronzino’s Portrait of Eleonora di Toledo (c. 1539): An Iconography of Jewels and Dress”; Leatrice Mendelsohn, “The Devil in the Details: Ornament as Emblem and Adage in Two Male Portraits by Bronzino”; Liana De Girolami Cheney, “Bronzino’s Pygmalion and Galatea: The Metamorphosis of a Muse”; and “Bronzino’s Triumph of Felicity: A Wheel of Good Fortune.”

Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

ACMRS is promoting a new line of Renaissance-based historical fiction, via its imprint Bagwyn Books. Some interesting new titles include: Paint by Grace Tiffany; Pachacuti, World Overturned by Lori Eshleman; and A Tapestry of Queens by Carol Milkuhn. The contact person for Bagwyn is Kendra TerBeek, at

Paint deals with Shakespeare's dark lady; Pachacuti deals with turmoil in colonial Ecuador; and Queens delves into the lives of the Tudor sovereigns, from the point of view of the mercers who sewed for the princesses and queens.

International Margaret Cavendish Society

The International Margaret Cavendish Society will hold its eleventh biannual conference from the 18th to the 21st of June 2015 at the Nicosia Museum (the Centre for Visual Arts and Research), Cyprus. For more information please see the conference website.

The Society announces the publication of Margaret Cavendish: Gender, Science and Politics, published by Cambridge University Press in August 2014. Also, Brandie Siegfried and Lisa Sarasohn have just published God and Nature in the Thought of Margaret Cavendish, with Ashgate in September 2014.

The Hagiography Society

The Hagiography Society invites submissions to our new, interdisciplinary book series published by Ashgate Press. Sanctity in Global Perspective, edited by Shahzad Bashir, Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, and John Stratton Hawley, is dedicated to exploring the concept of sanctity in ideational, literary, artistic, and sociohistorical dimensions. The series publishes monographs and edited volumes on exemplary figures, their communities, relics, and virtue traditions, and is open to all areas of scholarship, without restriction as to religious traditions, geographic region, or time periods.

We also invite participants to join our 2015-2016 programming committee. Members will suggest themes and help invite participants for our sponsored panels at the meetings of the 2016 RSA in Boston and the 2015 Sixteenth Century Studies Conference (SCSC) in Vancouver. While programming will focus on saintly figures and the communities dedicated to them, we welcome variety in content and method, and are committed to interdisciplinarity. Our aim is to foster discussion across traditions, geographic regions, and academic disciplines. Submit inquiries to our Programming Chair, Sara Ritchey, at

For more information on the Society and membership, please see the website.

Prato Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Members of the Prato Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies held their third annual business meeting at the Monash University Centre at Prato, Italy, in December 2014. As well as confirming their commitment to enhancing graduate training, they also laid out an ongoing plan for a joint research project: “The Body in the City.” Associated with the business meeting was a very successful postgraduate workshop with participants from the Universities of Amsterdam and Toronto, and Monash University. The event culminated in a captivating Bill Kent Memorial Lecture on Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel, delivered by Michelangelo expert Professor Bill Wallace (St. Louis University, Washington), which can be viewed on YouTube.

The John Donne Society

The John Donne Society will hold its 30th annual conference in February 2015, and is relaunching the John Donne Journal following the retirement of its founding editor, M. Thomas Hester.

Columbia University Seminar in the Renaissance

The Columbia University Seminar in the Renaissance meets on the second Tuesday of each month, September through December, and February through May, at 5:30 p.m. at Columbia’s Faculty House. Dinner ($25, by check only) follows the talk at 7 p.m.

The Spring 2015 schedule includes talks by Gerard Passannante, Eric Bianchi, and Dale Kinney. For further information please consult the Seminar web page.

Please make sure to notify our Rapporteur (John Kuhn or 646-402-4168) by the Friday before the meeting if you plan to attend and, especially, if you plan to dine with us. Text messages and voice mail are also acceptable).

Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University

The third annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies will be held at Saint Louis University 15–17 June 2015.

The Symposium is sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University. Approximately 200 scholars will present papers on a wide variety of topics, from Beowulf to Byantine history, medieval manuscripts, and Milton.

Medieval-Renaissance Studies Association in Israel

The Medieval-Renaissance Studies Association invites you to its lecture program. For the complete schedule and more information, please see the lecture series page.

The Herzog August Bibliothek

The Herzog August Bibliothek fellowship program has been running for over thirty years and offers opportunities for research to scholars at all stages in their careers, from beginning doctoral students to emeritus professors. A central requirement of the successful applications chosen by our various selections committees is that the library holdings be essential to the proposed research projects.

All programs are international and interdisciplinary. Please see the fellowship pages with further links and deadlines.

The Italian Art Society

The Italian Art Society (IAS) is pleased to announce the selection of the Sixth Annual IAS/Kress Lecturer in Italy: Nino Zchomelidse (Johns Hopkins University) will present a paper titled “Sacred Stage and Civic Platform: the Role of the Ambo in Medieval Campania” on 20 May 2015. The lecture will take place in the Dipartimento degli studi umanistici of the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II. The IAS Awards Committee has chosen two recipients, Andaleeb Banta and Jennifer Griffiths, for IAS Travel Grants. The committee has also selected Catherine Carver as the recipient of our Third Annual Research and Publication Grant. Our website provides details about the five IAS-sponsored sessions and a reception at the upcoming RSA meeting in Berlin, 26–28 March 2015. The IAS congratulates Sheryl Reiss and Anne Leader on their elections as President and Executive Vice President (2015–2017), as well as several new officers and committee members listed on the IAS website.

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